Virginia Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Stabbing at Framingham Restaurant

FRAMINGHAM – A Virginia man was arrested by Framingham Police and charged with attempted murder, after a stabbing at a Framingham restaurant on Sunday night.

Police arrested Daniel H. Melendez, 39, of Manassas, Virginia in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn on Cochituate Road.

A police report stated Melendez was shot with a Taser, after a struggle with police.

The arrest took place after a stabbing of another Virginia man, 35, at Maragarita’s restaurant at 725 Cochituate Road. That man was transported to Brigham & Woman’s Hospital in Boston. His wounds were not life-threatening, according to Framingham Police Lt. Patricia Grigas.

The stabbing took place outside the restaurant, in the parking lot, but witnesses said the two men were arguing inside the restaurant, before they went outside and fought, according to a police report filed at Framingham District Court.

Witnesses told police, Melendez after stabbing the other Virginia man, ran towards the Red Roof Inn.

According to the police report filed, Melendez, the man who was stabbed, and several other men from Virginia were in Massachusetts working as contractors at a Natick store.

The men decided to go out after work and get drinks. While at the restaurant, the Virginia man, who was stabbed, made comments about Melendez’s daughter, according to the police report.

“The victim was making inappropriate comments about his (Melendez’s) 15 year old daughter, saying that Melendez was going to be his father-in-law,” police wrote in the report.

According to the police report, Melendez told the police he left the restaurant after arguing with his friend.

Melendez told police, his friend followed him outside and pushed him to the ground. According to the police report, the two fought, and that Melendez used the knife in self-defense. He stabbed his friend once in the abdomen, according to the report.

Officially, Framingham Police charged Melendez with attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a knife.


Photo courtesy of Framingham Police


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